Meet the CORE Project/Program Managers and Research Coordinators.

Project/Program Managers:

Emily Gallagher

Emily Gallagher, RN
Project/Program Manager

Emily R. Gallagher is a research RN at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. She received her BSN in Nursing, and prior to this, a BA in Psychology, both from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Emily has worked with Dr. Jennifer Temel on a number of intervention studies in the areas of palliative and supportive care for cancer patients and their families. Her particular interests include patient-clinician communication, patient decision making, electronic medical record utilization, research study design and database management.

 

Emily McNaughton

Emily McNaughton, MPH
Project/Program Manager

Emily McNaughton is the Program Manager for the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) at the Massachusetts General Hospital. In this role she supports CORE leadership with operational management of the program, process improvement, infrastructure development, staff management, and new grant, protocol, and manuscript submission. Prior to joining CORE, Emily spent over 15 years conducting and managing research in both the public and private sector, leading teams, and working with academic and private industry collaborators. She has extensive experience managing research projects and programs as well as with public health surveillance, data collection, outcomes studies, and mixed methods research. She is thrilled to be a member of the multidisciplinary CORE team and to help support the program’s mission. Emily holds a Master of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology from Tufts University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College.

 

Chardria Trotter

Chardria Trotter, MBA, MPH, CPH
Project/Program Manager

Chardria Trotter is a Project Manager who joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology and gerontology from the University of Southern California, Master of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University, and a Master of Public Health with an emphasis on health management and policy from University of North Texas Health Science Center. Chardria has nearly 10 years of experience in project management, partnership cultivation, regulatory compliance, quality assurance and data integrity. Her cancer research experience ranges from health disparity, rare disease, quality of life, and patient reported outcome studies. Under the leadership of Dr. Jennifer Temel, she manages a large multi-site study that focuses on the comparative effectiveness of early integrated telehealth versus in-person palliative care for patients with advanced lung cancer.

 

Claire Pernat

Claire Pernat
Project Coordinator

Claire Pernat is a Project Coordinator who joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) in April 2020. She graduated in 2020 from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in Community Health. In her role, she supports CORE with operational management and staff management. Additionally, she supports Dr. Jennifer Temel and Dr. Joseph Greer on several intervention studies in the areas of palliative and supportive care for cancer patients and their families. Claire is passionate about increasing access to healthcare and decreasing health disparities as a way to improve health equity. After her time with CORE, Claire plans to pursue a graduate degree in public health and policy.

 

Research Coordinators that work with CORE:

Maura Barry

Maura Barry

Maura Barry is a Clinical Research Coordinator originally from North Andover, MA. She graduated from Tufts University in May of 2019 with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Spanish. She now works as a member of the CORE team with Dr. Kelly Irwin on the Bridge Study, a randomized controlled trial focused on understanding health disparities for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) and cancer. The study aims to assess the efficacy of proactive psychiatry consultation and case management on improving cancer outcomes for patients with SMI. In the future, she hopes to attend medical school and become a pediatrician!

 

Reena Chabria

Reena Chabria

Reena Chabria is a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE). After graduating from Boston University with a B.A in Neuroscience and a minor in Public Health, Reena was excited to join the CORE team and explore her interests in medicine and psychology. She works with Dr. Joseph Greer, Dr. Jennifer Temel, and Dr. Kathryn Post on a social-behavioral study investigating an intervention for lung cancer patients experiencing dyspnea. The cognitive behavioral intervention aims to improve patients’ dyspnea and quality of life through psychoeducation, relaxation training, and behavioral management techniques. Reena plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology after her work in CORE.

 

Madison Clay

Madison Clay

Madison Clay joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as a Clinical Research Coordinator in June of 2020. She graduated from Tufts University in 2020 with a BS in Clinical Psychology and a minor in Studio Art and played for the varsity volleyball team. Madison works with Dr. Areej El-Jawahri on a multi-site randomized control trial of inpatient palliative care integrated with transplant care in patients with hematologic malignancies undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant. After her time in CORE, she plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

 

Madeleine Elyze

Madeleine Elyze

Madeleine Elyze joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program as a Clinical Research Coordinator in 2019. She graduated from Williams College in 2018 with a B.A. in mathematics and political science. She works with Dr. Jennifer Temel, Dr. Joseph Greer, and Dr. Kathryn Post on a multi-site study investigating palliative care intervention delivery models for patients with advanced lung cancer. Madeleine is passionate about healthcare policy, access, and education. She is grateful to be a member of such a brilliant interdisciplinary team. After her time with CORE, Madeleine plans to pursue a career in medicine and public health.

 

Eva Gaufberg

Eva Gaufberg

Eva Gaufberg joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) Program in June 2020 after graduating from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Psychology. As a Clinical Research Coordinator, she works with Dr. Ryan Nipp on interventional studies assessing the symptom burden and supportive care needs of patients with various cancers. Eva is passionate about health equity as well as bridging gaps between patients' physical health and their psychological well-being. After working with CORE, Eva intends to pursue a career in medicine.

 

Saif Hawari

Saif Hawari

Saif Hawari is a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program and the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. Saif graduated in 2016 from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland with a Bachelors in Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics (MB, BCh, BAO). He works with Dr. Park on Integrating Tobacco Treatment into Lung Cancer Screening. His research interests include integration of tobacco treatment into modern medical and cancer care, VR integration into modern medicine and genetic treatment of chronic diseases. Saif plans to pursue a residency program in Internal Medicine after his work in CORE.

 

Lauren Heuer

Lauren Heuer

Lauren Heuer joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as a Clinical Research Coordinator in 2020 after graduating from Williams College. At Williams, she earned a B.A. in biology and anthropology. She works with Dr. Jennifer Temel, Dr. Joseph Greer, and Dr. Kathryn Post on a multi-site study investigating palliative care intervention delivery models for patients with advanced lung cancer. Passionate about employing patient-centered health interventions and addressing health disparities, Lauren is thrilled to work toward increasing the accessibility of palliative care. She is grateful to be a member of such an inspiring and dedicated multidisciplinary team and to support the program’s mission of improving quality of life, patient-clinician communication, and end of life care delivery. Lauren intends to pursue a career in medicine and public health after her time with CORE.

 

Teresa Indiolo

Teresa Indiolo

Teresa Indriolo is a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program and the Gastrointestinal Division at Massachusetts General Hospital. She graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Psychology and Brain Sciences along with dual minors in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies and Deaf Studies. At CORE she works with Dr. Areej El-Jawahri and Dr. Nneka Ufere on a longitudinal, prospective study to assess the palliative, supportive, and end-of-life care needs of patients with end-stage liver disease and their caregivers. Teresa intends to pursue a career in medicine and utilize the knowledge and clinical skills gained during her time with CORE to continue to aid in the advancement of patient care research.

 

AnneMarie Jagielo

Annemarie Jagielo

Annemarie joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program in June 2019 after graduating from the Dual Degree Program at Boston University with a BA in Psychology and a BS in Public Relations. Annemarie works with Dr. El-Jawahri on a randomized controlled trial examining the effects of palliative care versus standard oncology care in patients with high-risk Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) undergoing non-intensive chemotherapy. She also works on a longitudinal study focused on understanding how patients’ prognostic awareness impacts medical-decision making. Additionally, she is involved in a qualitative study focused on identifying the components of the discharge decision making process to improve transitions during end-of-life care. After her time in CORE, Annemarie hopes to attend graduate school in clinical psychology.

 

Bailey Jones

Bailey Jones

Bailey Jones is a Clinical Research Coordinator originally from Sacramento, California. She joined the CORE team in 2019, after graduating from Brown University with a B.A. in Public Health and Classics. Bailey works with Dr. El-Jawahri on a randomized sexual dysfunction intervention for hematopoietic stem cell transplant survivors, which will incorporate a mobile app tailored to this population. After her time with CORE, Bailey plans to pursue a graduate degree in public health.

 

Yael Kahn

Yael Kahn

Yael Kahn joined the Clinical Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) in September 2019 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. After graduating from Barnard College in 2017, Yael returned to her hometown of Boston to complete the Postbaccalaureate Pre-Medical Program at the Harvard Extension School. Yael works with Dr. Elizabeth O’Donnell on examining the role of healthy lifestyle choices such as exercise and nutrition on cancer outcomes. She also studies quality of life, psychological distress, and prognostic understanding amongst cancer patients battling multiple myeloma. She is excited to be joining the team and for the opportunity to interact closely with patients. After her time with CORE, Yael plans to attend medical school to pursue a career in medicine.

 

Agnes Kwak

Agnes Kwak

Agnes Kwak is a clinical research coordinator with the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program. She joined CORE after graduating from Cornell University in 2019 with a B.S. in Human Biology, Health, and Society. Agnes works with Dr. Jeffrey Peppercorn and Dr. Steven Isakoff on a project investigating the feasibility of implementing a patient-centered mobile app as a personalized tool in care management for patients with breast cancer. She also works closely with Dr. Peppercorn on cancer survivorship research to address issues related to quality of life. After her time with CORE, Agnes hopes to pursue a career in medicine, continuing to engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary work.

 

Mitchell Lavoie

Mitchell Lavoie

Mitchell Lavoie joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as a Clinical Research Coordinator in June of 2020. He recently graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Medical Humanities, Health, and Culture. Mitchell works with Dr. Areej El-Jawahri on a randomized control trial to test the feasibility and efficacy of a psychological intervention mobile app to promote coping in patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia undergoing intensive chemotherapy. Mitchell also works on a longitudinal study assessing the needs of patients receiving CAR-T cell therapy. Finally, he works on a randomized control trial aimed at exploring and testing the feasibility and efficacy of an educational video tool for patients undergoing CAR-T cell therapy. After his time with CORE, Mitchell hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career in medicine.

 

Katina Massad

Katina Massad

Katina Massad joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program as a Clinical Research Coordinator after graduating from Williams College with a B.A. in Chemistry and a concentration in Biochemistry. She works with Dr. Jamie Jacobs on the STRIDE study, which aims to improve adjuvant endocrine therapy adherence, symptom management, and distress in breast cancer survivors. She also works with Dr. Lara Traeger on the Transitions study, which focuses on helping lung cancer patients make the transition from active treatment to survivorship with supportive care interventions. Katina is incredibly excited and grateful to be a part of the CORE team. In the future, she plans to pursue a career in medicine.

 

Michelle Mesa

Michelle Mesa

Michelle Mesa joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program (CORE) as a Clinical Research Coordinator after graduating from Boston University in 2019 with a B.A. in Neuroscience. She works with Dr. Forst on research focusing on supportive care needs in patients recently diagnosed with malignant glioma and their caregivers. Additionally, she is working with Dr. Forst on research that aims to improve communication between patients and their clinicians. In the future, Michelle hopes to pursue a career in medicine.

 

Helen Mizrach

Helen Mizrach

Helen Mizrach is a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program and the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. She joined the team in June of 2019, after graduating with a BS in Biopsychology from Tufts University. Helen works with Dr. Giselle K. Perez on a study of a virtual mind-body stress management program for adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. She is also working with Dr. Daniel Hall on a study of a multimodal mind-body intervention for cancer survivors with fear of cancer recurrence. After her time with CORE, she plans to pursue a career in medicine.

 

Zoe Nelson

Zoe Nelson

Zoe Nelson is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program. She works with Dr. Kelly Irwin on the ENGAGE Initiative to spread awareness of the health disparities faced by people who have both a serious mental illness and cancer, as well as to advocate for equity. Likewise, she is part of the Bridge Study, which is a randomized controlled study aimed at figuring out how to best reduce the health disparities that people living with cancer and a serious mental illness often face. Additionally, Zoe works with Dr. Efren Flores on projects investigating lung cancer screenings and smoking cessation disparities among underrepresented populations. In the future, Zoe hopes to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and become a therapist.

 

Rachel Plotke

Rachel Plotke

Rachel Plotke joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program as a Clinical Research Coordinator II in April 2020. She graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Public Health from Muhlenberg College in 2018, where she was also a member of the Women’s Basketball team. Prior to joining CORE, Rachel worked as a Research Assistant at Boston Medical Center. Rachel is working with Dr. Jennifer Temel, Dr. Joseph Greer, and Chardria Trotter on a large multi-site clinical trial studying the effectiveness of telehealth versus in-person palliative care for patients with advanced lung cancer. She is thrilled be working with such a collaborative and multidisciplinary team. After her time with CORE, she plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

 

Carolyn Qian

Carolyn Qian

Carolyn Qian joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program in June 2019 after graduating from Columbia University with a B.A. in Neuroscience & Behavior and Italian Literature. As a clinical research coordinator, she works with Dr. Ryan Nipp on developing a collaborative care intervention that focuses on the distinct needs of older adults with advanced cancer and aims to enhance patients’ quality of life and functional outcomes. She also works with Dr. Nipp on an inpatient symptom monitoring study with goals to reduce symptom burden, length of hospital stay, and likelihood of readmission. Carolyn is grateful to be a part of the incredible team at CORE, which allows her to explore her personal academic interests in interdisciplinary healthcare and health disparities, as well as learn from clinicians of various specialties. In the future, Carolyn plans to pursue a career in medicine.

 

Julia Rice

Julia Rice

Julia Rice is originally from Cleveland, OH. After graduating from Bates College in 2016 and playing soccer for four years, she was a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Thoracic Oncology team at the MGH Cancer Center. After those two years, she completed the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program at the Harvard Extension school before returning to MGH as a CRC for the CORE Team. She works with Dr. Areej El-Jawahri on a qualitative longitudinal study focused on treatment outcomes in geriatric lymphoma patients. She also works on a longitudinal study focused on understanding prognostic awareness in patients with metastatic cancer. After her time with CORE, she hopes to attend medical school.

 

Matthew Reynolds

Matthew Reynolds

Matthew Reynolds joined the Clinical Outcomes Research and Education Program as a Clinical Research Coordinator in January 2020. He graduated in 2019 from Harvard University with a BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a minor in Global Health and Health Policy. Matthew works with Dr. El-Jawahri on a randomized intervention to address sexual dysfunction in hematopoietic stem cell transplant survivors and is additionally involved in multiple studies related to optimizing end of life care. After his time with CORE, Matthew plans to a pursue a career in medicine, perhaps in oncology.

 

Keenae Tiersma

Keenae Tiersma

Originally from Woodinville, Washington Keenae joined the CORE team in July 2019. Keenae graduated from Brown University with a degree in Health and Human Biology and was also a member of the Brown Women’s Crew team. She works with Dr. Kelly Irwin on the Bridge Randomized Control Trial that aims to improve cancer outcomes of people with serious mental illness through proactive psychiatric care and consultation. Keenae also works with Dr. Efren Flores on adapting lung cancer screening educational tools for people from low socioeconomic status communities. After her time with CORE Keenae plans to attend medical school and continue practicing and researching patient centered care.

 

Carlisle Topping

Carlisle Topping

Originally from Oregon, Carlisle Topping moved to Boston and joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program as a Clinical Research Coordinator in July, 2019. She graduated with a BA in Biological Sciences from Columbia University where she was also on the varsity soccer team. Carlisle works with Dr. Areej El-Jawahri on a qualitative study focused on identifying components of the discharge decision-making process to improve the quality of end-of-life care. She is also involved in a longitudinal study focused on prognostic awareness in patients with metastatic cancer. After her time with CORE, she hopes to attend medical school.

 

Charu Vyas

Charu Vyas

Charu Vyas joined the Cancer Outcomes Research and Education Program as a Clinical Research Coordinator in 2020 after graduating from Columbia University with a B.A. in Biology and Economics. She currently works with Dr. Jennifer Temel and Dr. Joseph Greer on a multi-site study to evaluate the comparative effectiveness of early integrated telehealth versus in-person palliative care for patients with advanced lung cancer. Charu also works with Dr. Ryan Nipp on a range of interventional studies assessing the symptom burden and supportive care needs for patients with a variety of cancers. After her time with CORE, she intends to pursue a career in medicine and apply her academic interests in biology and economics to improve access and delivery of care.

 

Ashley Zhou

Ashley Zhou

Ashley Zhou is a Clinical Research Coordinator from Seattle, WA. She was thrilled to join CORE in 2020 after graduating from Williams College with a B.A. in biology and a concentration in public health. Ashley is working with Dr. Laura Petrillo on several studies aimed at improving communication between medical providers, patients, and their caregivers about cancer and immunotherapy. She is excited to interact with patients while working with such a collaborative team. After her time at CORE, Ashley plans to pursue a career in medicine and combine her interests in education and interdisciplinary patient outcomes research.

 

Alumni Research Coordinators:

Maya Anand | Chinenye Azoba | Catherine Callaway | Julia Carp | Alaina Carr | Sara D'Arpino | John Donlan |Justin Eusebio | Alyssa Fenech | Lauren Fields | Joel Fishbein | Sarah Fishman | Emily Freedman | Catherine Fuh | Sarah Griffith | Leah Howard | Amanda Jankowski | Emilia Kaslow-Zieve | Paul Kay | Sophia Landay | Amy Lee | Yvonne Lei | James MacDonald | Netana Markovitz | Sam Moran | Showly Nicholson | Lauren Nisotel | Catherine Pappano | Katherine Quain | Julia Rabin | Molly Ream | Chelsea Rapoport | Margaret Ruddy | Isabella Sereno | Akane Shu | Robert Sommer | Gabrielle Schwartz | Brandon Temel | Haley Troy | Olivia Van Benchoten | Harry VanDusen | Dagny Vaughn | Lauren Waldman | Emily Walsh | Emily Wright